POLAND — Voters in Mechanic Falls, Minot and Poland — the three communities that comprise Regional School Unit 16 — will decide on a $29.3 million budget Tuesday.

It is nearly $2 million more than this year’s $27.4 million, for an increase of 6.9%.

Administrators said the increase is due to several factors, including higher contractual salaries, a smaller state subsidy, less carryover money from the previous year and more capital improvements.

No new positions were added.

If voters approve the budget, it will mean the owner of a home assessed at $100,000 would pay $202 more in Mechanic Falls, $171 more in Minot and $248 more in Poland.

There is a second question dealing with a warrant article to approve a $110,180 bond through the School Revolving Renovation Fund from the Department of Education. It would pay for new accessibility ramps and bathroom modifications to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act at Minot Consolidated School.

The bond is interest free. The state will pay $68,290, or 61.98%, and RSU 16 will pay $41,890, or 38.02%. The repayment is $8,375 a year for five years.

Polls will be open in the three towns from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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